Thursday 31 July 2008


A collection of doors to old buildings. They're usually shut up and ignored but each summer they turn into the best gallery in town, filled with mysterious and though-provoking contemporary art installations.

Despite Southampton's lacklustre heritage sector I'm really quite proud of what's going on.

Look at the website!

Tuesday 29 July 2008

Shopping List

Today I went to Perry's Art in East Street with the list of materials that I need for the course. The staff are so helpful: I handed the list over and they guided me through the options for each item and even gave me a discount for buying student supplies. I left with:
  • A3 pad
  • A3 acrylic pad
  • Acrylic paints (set of 8)
  • Drawing inks (set of 8)
  • Conté pastels (set of 24)
  • Brushes (set of 3)
  • Masking tape
  • Stanley knife
  • 40" steel rule
I have everything else except for the drawing board. I'm looking at the whole pile and the course feels more real.

Monday 28 July 2008

Warming Up

This is the journey of a mature student, preparing for his return to study after seven years. Over the past few weeks I've had innumerable conversations, always full of advice and inspiration, about universities, courses and various interests. Following one such meeting this evening I'm looking for a topic for a practice essay. Thanks, Adam Chapman.